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Lasting Change One Village at a Time

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Witch Doctors – Wells – and Jesus

Animism is the belief in the existence of individual spirits that inhabit natural objects and phenomena. The belief in the existence of spiritual beings that are separable or separate from bodies. Practitioners, often called “witch doctors”, cast spells or incantations in an attempt to heal the sick, and control the events in the lives of others, some good – some evil. It is a major influence in many of the villages that surround the District of Dono-Manga where we are presently working.

Pierre Rimorbe and his team of ministers have identified seven villages without any Christian presence where animism is the major influence. Each of these villages has a population of approximately 1500. Pierre and his ministry team are seeking to establish a foothold for the Gospel through the children from one of these villages who are attending our school in Dono-Manga.

All seven of these villages have an out-of-service well which causes severe hardship for the villagers and their animals. We began our work in Chad by repairing existing wells that had been out-of-service for years. We believe repairing these wells will go a long

One of the 26 wells repaired by Hope Springs International in 2009

way to opening the hearts of these villagers to hear the Gospel.

I have mentioned before how people from an animist background used to call ministers in Dono-Manga, “blood suckers”, because they thought they were just trying to get what little they had. This is no longer the case in Dono-Manga as people have seen the message of Christ coupled with love in action.

Would you consider partnering with these evangelists in reaching a village for Christ? Each well can be repaired for only $400.00 and when repaired will provide water for 1500 people and their animals. But more importantly it will be a visual testimony of the love that Christ has for them. Much like Jesus did for the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, a conversation about physical water can turn into a message about living water.

IDEA! This would be a great project for a Youth Group, Sunday School Class or just a group of friends and co-workers. Contact us for more information: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.com